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Wednesday 8 July 2020

François Pierdon’s etching, “Les Bords de la Seine à Boulogne, île de Billancourt”, 1870

François Pierdon (1821–1904)

“Les Bords de la Seine à Boulogne, île de Billancourt” (The Banks of the Seine at Boulogne, Billancourt Island), 1870, proof before lettering, printed and published in 1871 by Cadart & Luce (fl.1867–1871), as plate 123 in the third volume of “L'Illustration nouvelle par une société de peintres-graveurs à l'eau-forte” (1870–1871), in Paris.

The Hamburger Kunsthalle (Kupferstichkabinett) offers details about the publication of this print:

According to the brief discussion of Pierdon’s etchings in Henri Béraldi’s (1885-92) “Les Graveurs du 19e Siecle; Guide de L'Amateur D'Estampes Modernes”, vol. 10, p. 123, this print was executed after one of Pierdon’s paintings (see p. 123), but I have been unable to locate this painting.

Etching on laid paper with wide margins.
Size: (sheet) 30.4 x 37.7 cm; (plate) 15.7 x 23.8 cm; (image borderline) 13.7 x 22.3 cm.
Inscribed on plate within the image borderline: (lower left corner) “F. Pierdon sc”.

Condition: richly inked and faultlessly printed proof-state impression with generously wide margins in excellent condition (i.e. there are no tears, holes, folds, losses, abrasions, stains, foxing or signs of use, but there is minor uneven age-toning to the margins).

I am selling this seldom seen etching on the art market—especially a proof-state impression before lettering for publication by an artist who did remarkably few etchings!—for AU$213 (currently US$147.96/EUR131.05/GBP118.04 at the time of posting this print) including postage and handling to anywhere in the world (but not, of course, any import duties/taxes imposed by some countries).

If you are interested in purchasing this superb etching of a simple rural home set on the banks of the Seine and partly concealed by a screen of trees—an etching that exemplifies the interest of many French artists of the late 1800s with the effects of sparkling sunlight captured from direct observation in the field—please contact me ( and I will send you a PayPal invoice to make the payment easy.

This print has been sold

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